What I Did

What I Did

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A boy runs across a busy road.
His father smacks him.
A passer-by intervenes ...

When Billy Wright runs across a busy road, his world is altered irreversibly, even though he doesn't realise it at the time.
Because a passer-by has stopped to watch the scene. She has seen Billy's father catch up with him and smack him. Within an hour she has informed social services, plunging the family into a living nightmare which begins with a social worker's visit and escalates through a series of misunderstandings until the family is threatened to its core.
What I Did is a powerful novel about the unseen consequences of a split second decision, about a childhood interrupted and the lengths we go to to protect the ones we love. It is frequently heartbreaking, blackly funny, and utterly compelling.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 155 x 233 x 22mm | 379g
  • John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1848546165
  • 9781848546165
  • 819,742

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Gripping, hilarious and tender, this is, without doubt, one of the books of the year * Daily Mail * The novel brilliantly captures parent-child relations in the raw and the emotions that even the most experienced social worker can't tame * Independent * An amusing and unsettling story * Saturday Guardian * This is family life at its most believable: warm and messy, bored and raging. WHAT I DID is every parent's nightmare, but will make you burst out laughing too. I loved it. * Emma Donoghue, author of ROOM * I loved it! Staggeringly good. Terrifyingly good * Lisa Jewell * Hugely impressive, gripping, funny and thought provoking * Emily Barr * Excellent . . . Dark but uplifting * Alex Preston * [A] fine, challenging novel * Mail on Sunday *
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About Christopher Wakling

Christopher Wakling has worked as a teacher, lawyer and travel writer. Educated at Oxford, he now lives in Bristol with his wife and children.
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395 ratings
3.36 out of 5 stars
5 13% (53)
4 32% (127)
3 35% (139)
2 16% (62)
1 4% (14)
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